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A Silicon Valley Incubator Plans To Build "New, Better" Cities

Are KPIs and optimization the keys to solving centuries-old urban issues? Y Combinator thinks so. Here's a quiz. Do the following questions sound like they pertain more to a new gadget, an ad sales platform, or a city? Read Full Sto...

Why Can't All Printers Be This Charming?

Printer companies, take note. I see a briefcase. A film camera. A roll of Bounty. I see pretty much anything but your typical HP printer. And for the first time in decades, I kinda want to buy a printer again. Read Full Story

7,000 Broomsticks Make Up This Technicolor-Dream Ceiling

Guadalajara-based design studio Estudio Ala gives this nail salon a splash of color from up above. The best part of most nail salons is the reception area, where a wall lined with rows and rows of carefully arranged nail polish beckons you to consider your options. Show More Summary

Real Leather Grown In A Lab Is Moving Closer To Your Closet

There's no dead cow involved in Modern Meadow's new material—just science! A leather coat is growing in Brooklyn. Or something like it. Read Full Story

Ikea USA President: "Unprecedented" Dresser Recall To Prompt Design Changes

The largest recall in Ikea's history, following the death of three toddlers, has the furniture giant rethinking its approach to safety. Ikea USA has just announced the biggest recall in the company's history. The company is offeringShow More Summary

What Makes A Map Beautiful, According To A Parks Ranger

A national parks ranger and self-proclaimed cartomaniac shares favorites from his extensive map collection. Clambering in the back of a van or station wagon and driving with your folks to your nearest national park used to be a summer tradition. Show More Summary

Ikea Will Recall 29 Million Dressers For Fatal Design Flaw

Three toddlers have been killed by toppling Malm dressers in two years. Ikea's cheap, cheery Malm dressers are a mainstay of college dorm rooms and small apartment bedrooms around the country. But these dressers also have a dark side: they easily tip over, a design flaw which has led to the death of three toddlers in less than two years. Read Full Story

Google And Ideo Are Building A Coding Platform--For Kids

Teaching kids to code is a familiar idea. Giving them access to the entire Internet of Things, as Project Bloks will, is new. These days, everyone's saying that it's important for kids to learn to code—and, in turn, it feels like every company is coming up with its own proprietary systems to do so. Read Full Story

Pay $4K To Work In A Temple To Yves Béhar's Design

Only in San Francisco. Most of us—okay, none of us—will ever get to live like Silicon Valley designer Yves Béhar. But thanks to the coworking space Canopy, some people might make their office lives a bit more Béhar-ian. Read Full St...

The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA's 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners—and experimental typography abounds. Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as "Fifty Books," the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the best book designs, annually, for over 90 years. Show More Summary

The Future Of Work? This Article

I wrote it in virtual reality. WHOA. I'm at my standing desk, typing this note. But instead of looking at my 24-inch monitor as usual, I'm wearing an HTC Vive headset. And thanks to the new VR productivity app Space, I'm surrounded by six giant, 70-ish-inch screens. Show More Summary

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Trees are one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments a city can make. When cities plant trees, they do more than make the place look nice. They also help cut energy use (by reducing the need for air conditioning), store carbon dioxide, trap airborne pollutants, and intercept rainfall. Show More Summary

4 Infographics To Show The Climate Skeptic In Your Life

Beach trip with family members who don't believe in climate change? Reunion picnic with climate truthers? We've got you covered. The ink is just dry on the Paris Agreement. Last year was officially the warmest year on record. Yet climate skeptics still live among us—many of whom may even be related to you by blood. Read Full Story

The Infamous Watergate Hotel Gets A $125 Million Gilded Makeover

British-Israeli designer Ron Arad renovated the legendary D.C. hotel. In the 1970s, the Watergate scandal crippled then-president Richard Nixon. On orders from his administration, the Democratic National Committee—headquartered in the Watergate Complex—was burglarized and wiretapped in 1972. Show More Summary

Why Cute Design Is Aww-some

A sneezing toaster. A trash that plays peek-a-boo. A pooping vacuum cleaner. Can cuteness help encourage responsible consumption? To some, calling a design "cute" might seem like a sly, backhanded compliment. Yes, it's nice to look at, but cuteness isn't typically taken seriously. Show More Summary

How Anki Created A Pixar-Inspired, AI-Powered Toy Robot That Feels

The $180 pet robot is so cute and vulnerable, you might love it more than your dog. It's hard to say the exact moment when I think of Cozmo as an actual little creature. One minute he's snoring on the table in his charging station, and the next he's looking up at me with his bright, blinking, digital blue eyes. Show More Summary

How Apple Made The Watch Work For Wheelchair Users

Apple engineer Ron Huang describes the months-long process of overhauling watchOS for people in wheelchairs. In America alone, there are more than 2.2 million people who depend upon wheelchairs to get around every day. But most wheelchair users aren't active. Show More Summary

Microsoft's Plan To Build The Ultimate Gestural UI

The researcher who pioneered voice recognition at Microsoft is going after gestures next. Almost 25 years ago, researcher Xuedong Huang founded the speech recognition program at Microsoft Research (MSR). His groundbreaking work ended up in Microsoft's products like Cortana and Kinect. Show More Summary

How Brexit Could Impact The Creative Industry

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. Here's how design might change as a result. Today, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum known as Brexit. As a result, markets have plummeted and a general sense of uncertainty has spread across the West. Could it also negatively impact creative industries? Read Full Story

How Ove Arup Brought Engineers Out Of The Shadows

The legendary engineer's building philosophy has never been more relevant. This summer, he's getting his first major museum retrospective. In 1956, the Danish architect Jørn Utzon's won the competition to build the Sydney Opera House with a visionary charcoal sketch of the now-iconic design. Show More Summary

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